I’m sure about one million words have been written already on the horrific shooting in Tucson, Arizona on Saturday. Sixteen people are injured and six have died, including Federal Judge John M. Roll and 9 year old recently elected student council member Christina Green. Instead of adding more words to the soup, I’ve collected some excerpts from other writers around the web. Click the links following each excerpt to read more.
On 20 year old hero Daniel Hernandez:
Outside the hospital just before midnight, in an exchange witnessed by POLITICO, Tuscon Mayor Bob Walkup briefed a group of about a dozen locals who had gathered around a make-shift vigil and pointed to Hernandez as the “young man” likely responsible for saving Giffords’ life.
Moments after the shootings, Hernandez checked the pulses of other shooting victims who were lying on the pavement and spotted Giffords.
He applied pressure on the bullet entry point to stop the bleeding and pulled Giffords into his lap, holding her upright against him so she wouldn’t choke on her own blood. Giffords was conscious, but quiet, the Republic reported.
He then instructed another bystander how to apply pressure to the wounds suffered by Giffords’ district director Ron Barber.
On other heroes:
Three people helped subdue a gunman accused of attempting to assassinate Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and killing six people at a political event in Arizona.
Pima Co. Sheriff Clarence Dupnik says Patricia Maisch (MAYSH) was waiting in line with her husband to get a photo with Giffords. When the shooting started, she ran up to the suspect and grabbed the empty magazine, then grabbed a full magazine as he was loading it into the gun.
Two men helped subdue the suspect — Roger Sulzgeber (SULZ-gay-ber), who was also in line, and Joseph Zimudie (Zah-MOO-die), who was at a nearby Walgreens and heard the shooting.
Read more: AP writer Amanda Lee Myers “3 helped subdue man who killed 6 at Arizona store”
Dorwan Stoddard was a former construction worker and the man his church turned to when something needed fixing, Mike Nowak, their minister at Mountain Avenue Church of Christ, told the Daily Star. He also organized the benevolence committee, the group that reached out to the poor.
“He always gave of himself and never asked for anything in return,” Nowak told the newspaper.
Friends said the couple had been high school sweethearts who fell in love again after their spouses died.
The Christian Chronicle, the international newspaper for Churches of Christ, reported on its news blog that Stoddard was trying to protect his wife when he was shot in the head. Witness accounts reported on CNN were similar.
“He got on top of her and tried to shield her,” Jessica Knapp, who works with the youth group at the Mountain Avenue church, told the Chronicle.
She described the Stoddards as “the lifeblood of our church.”
“If the baptistery was leaking, we called Dorwan,” she said. On the benevolence committee, she said: “Instead of just writing checks, they would go meet with people and find out what was going on in their lives and what their needs were. …
“This is going to be a huge hole in our congregation,” Knapp told the Chronicle.
Avid travelers, the Stoddards left Arizona every April as the weather got hot, returning every October, friends told the Daily Star. They had traveled to all 50 states, and visited 28 countries, friends said.
When Phyllis Schneck and her husband retired, they spent their winters in Tucson and summers in their native Rutherford, N.J. “They didn’t want to ever have to deal with the snow again,” said Schneck’s daughter, B.J. Offutt of Colorado Springs, Colo. Schneck, who continued to return to Tucson in the winters even after her husband died in 2007, was a homemaker who raised her two daughters and one son and had a talent for cooking. In retirement, Schneck kept herself occupied by volunteering at her church. Her home in Tucson was less than four miles from the supermarket where the shooting took place. Offutt said her mother’s appearance at the store was surprising, because she normally shopped at a different store and wasn’t very political. Schneck is survived by her three children, seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Gabe Zimmerman, the director of community outreach for U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, handled thousands of issues raised by constituents out of the congresswoman’s offices in Tucson and Sierra Vista. Co-workers say Zimmerman, who had a master’s degree in social work, cared passionately about helping people. “He was a master at dealing with people,” said C.J. Karamargin, a spokesman for Giffords. Zimmerman was one of the Giffords staffers who organized many public events where voters could meet Giffords and talk to her about issues. Zimmerman, who is survived by a brother, was engaged to be married.
In “Faces of Hope: Babies Born on 9/11,” a book that spotlighted one child from each state, a wishful quote accompanied the black-and-white photo of the girl. “I hope you see rainbows,” it said.
“From the very beginning,” her mother said, “she was an amazing child. She was very bright, very mature, off the charts. She was the brightest thing that happened that day.”
The Mesa Verde Elementary School third-grader – an A student and a granddaughter of former major-league baseball player, manager and front-office executive Dallas Green – had gone to the event with a neighbor because she recently had been elected to the student council and had an interest in politics, authorities said.
Her father, John Green, a supervising scout for the Los Angeles Dodgers, told The Arizona Star that Christina was such a good speaker that he “could have easily seen her as a politician.”
Christina also seems to have inherited her family’s baseball genes. She was on a Little League Baseball team, its only girl, her mother said.
“She was an athlete, a good dancer, a good gymnast, a good swimmer,” her mother said. “She belonged to Kids Helping Kids charity and tried to help children less fortunate.”
Read more: The Seattle Times “Born on a tragic day, taken on another”
On U.S. District Judge John McCarthy Roll, 63:
Appointed by President George H.W. Bush in 1991, Roll was on his way from Roman Catholic Mass when he stopped by the shopping center to visit his friend Giffords before going home to clean his floors, a weekly ritual according to another friend, Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik.
Roll was drawn into the immigration controversy in Arizona when he certified a $32 million lawsuit filed by illegal immigrants against a rancher.
He became a heated topic on talk radio and received death threats that required the judge and his family to receive protection for several weeks from U.S. marshals.
Read more: NPR “Tucson’s Victims: Young and Old, Public Servants and Citizens”
Also killed, Dorothy Morris, 76.